On paper the Kelleher / Grimson alliance looked fantastic. New XR1 Rocket, Fresh Pat Purcell Bullet and a stack of new tyres. Throw in “Mr setup” Wayne Grimson and a bookies wouldn’t take your bet!
Things took a turn for the worse literally from the first hotlap of the night. “The engine had zero power” stated Grimson.
Long-time Dirt Speedway sedan driver Barry Kelleher has just taken delivery of the Black Skye Sands TA-2 Ford Mustang from Carey McMahon.
Kelleher has cut his teeth in Sprintcars, Grand National Sedans and later the thundering Dirt Late Models. He also dabbled in Superbikes and other two wheeled classes over the years.
The car is currently sitting in 3rd position in the ARG Series championship after Jimmy Vernon had a steer at round one earlier in the year at Adelaide.
“I’m not ready yet to start racing just yet but hopefully will be ready for the Bathurst round in November. This car had just come on the market and I’d considered racing one of these for a while. After a little bit of pondering I leapt at the opportunity to buy a well sorted car. Nothing like throwing myself in the deep end at Australia’s best circuit” he went on to say.
“I’d like to put on a good show but the young chap that drove for Carey is a top gun and extracted every second out of the car. If I can finish in the top 15, I’ll be happy with that” Kelleher stated.
Kelleher is unsure if he’ll keep number 3 or revert to 65 as its his number for many years on all has speedway cars.
Barry Kelleher has been competing in all forms of motorsport for many many years.
Superbikes, Sprintcars, Grand Nations, Late Models and the Mod Lites are just a few of the classes he’s competed in both Australia and the UK since the 60’s.